Plitvice Lakes Main Enterance
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Plitvice Lakes Main Enterance

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A: The big waterfall in national park Plitvička jezera

by Zoran Trost, 220 meters away

The big waterfall in national park Plitvička jezera freezes in winter time creating an imposing and b...

The big waterfall in national park Plitvička jezera

B: Plitvice lakes national park

by Shingo Murasawa, 250 meters away

Plitvice lakes national park

C: Crossing the lake Kaluđerovac in national park Plitvička jezera

by Zoran Trost, 260 meters away

The snow-covered wooden bridge crosses the northern part of the lake Kaluđerovac in national park Pli...

Crossing the lake Kaluđerovac in national park Plitvička jezera

D: Veliki slap, Plitvička jezera

by Bane Obradović, 320 meters away

Veliki slap, Plitvička jezera

E: National park Plitvice lakes

by zeljko soletic, 480 meters away

National park Plitvice lakes

F: Plitvice National Park

by zeljko soletic, 530 meters away

Plitvice National Park

G: Cave in Plitvice Lakes National Park

by zeljko soletic, 730 meters away

Cave in Plitvice Lakes National Park

H: Plitvice Lakes 2

by Chris Ellenbogen, 750 meters away

Plitvice Lakes 2

I: Korana Croatia

by Hans Molenkamp, 2.2 km away

Korana is a little village located at the outskirts of the Plitvice National Park. It counts a total ...

Korana Croatia

J: Plitvice in rain

by Shingo Murasawa, 2.7 km away

Plitvice in rain

This panorama was taken in Croatia, Europe

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